The Clean Energy Revolution: Innovating for the Future

Date(s) - 05/21/18
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Hosted by
Chicago Council


The Clean Energy Revolution: Innovating for the Future

Chicago Council

Anand Shah, Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group; Senior Vice President, Ola; Varun Sivaram, Philip D. Reed Fellow for Science and Technology, Council on Foreign Relations; Karen Weigert, Senior Fellow, Global Cities


Climate change—that “tragedy of the horizon”—is already here. From relentless wildfires to hurricanes to droughts, 2017’s slew of extreme weather events highlighted the existential threat facing us in the coming decades. But as bleak as the reality of climate change is, innovative solutions to mitigate its effects and support a transition to clean energy are also being developed and deployed on an increasing scale—particularly so since the Paris Climate Agreement. These include everything from advanced technologies such as solar photovoltaics and electric vehicles to the urban design policies necessary to make them effective. What are the most exciting solutions being implemented, and what other breakthrough technologies are needed to power the clean energy revolution? What must we do to stand a chance against climate change?

Varun Sivaram’s book Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet will be available for purchase and signing from The Book Cellar following the program.


Anand Shah

Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group; Senior Vice President, Ola

Anand Shah is a Senior Advisor with global advisory firm Albright Stonebridge Group’s India and South Asia practice and senior vice president at Ola, India’s largest ride-hailing company. Shah brings over 15 years of experience working across the private and social sectors and has significant experience building and growing businesses in India. Before joining ASG, Shah led global strategy for new ventures at BMW Group on urban impact and autonomous mobility. He was an advisor and Manager at Audi AG in the Social Innovation department, founded and served as CEO of Saravajal, a technology and market-based provider of clean water to rural villages and urban settlements in Gujarat, India, and helped establish Ahmedabad University. Shah was the founding CEO of the Piramal Foundation and a co-founder of Teach for India. He holds an AB from Harvard.